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Ms. Irene Cassidy

Research Interests

I have collaborated with colleagues to undertake research around lecturers' experiences of facilitating guided group reflection. I was involved in all aspects of the research including the design, planning, ethical approval, sampling, data collection and analysis, discussion and publication. This study was published in Nurse Education Today (Impact factor 1.641). The findings are extremely relevant to nurse education particularly given the emphasis on reflection within the current curriculum.

I collaborated with colleagues by undertaking research with post registration students around their experiences of caring for people from different cultures. This was an exciting study that generated very interesting and relevant findings for practice. Again I was involved in all aspects of the study including the planning timeframes, ethical approval, sampling, data and analysis, discussion and preparation for publication.

I worked with colleagues (UL and health services) in a mixed methods study to explore student nurses' and preceptors' experiences of the competency assessment process. This project demonstrated my ability to conduct research with clinical service partners including data collection (postal surveys and focus groups), data analysis (statistical and qualitative analysis) and preparation of findings for publication. There have been five journal publications from the study (I was the principal author for one of these papers) aswell as several oral and poster presentations. Findings from this study have been widely disseminated nationally and internationally.

My MSc research was entitled student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious isolated patients. I had to create my own data analysis framework to ensure that the qualitative methods used were congruent with the philosophical underpinnings inherent within a Gadamerian approach dissertation. I am a reviewer for Journal of Clinical Nursing, Nurse Education Today, British Journal Nursing.

Teaching Interests

Current position Teaching: Key areas of my role include teaching, learning and assessing learning across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes (BSc and MSc Nursing programmes). Teaching commitments also extend to supervising undergraduate nursing students completing their final year research proposals. My role also includes involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development.

Professional Activities


  • 1999 Chronic Illness and Palliative Care,


  • On the live register for nursing and midwifery with the nursing board An Board Altranais., Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland



Conference Publication


MDS International Congress, Berlin, Germany
I Cassidy, Dr. P Meskell, MP Butler, M Richardson CNS, Professor C Kennedy, Professor S Coote, Dr. P Boers
DOI: Ul Seed Funding Grant


UHL Annual Symposium, Limerick
Mc Grath, C. Cassidy, I., O Brien, A. Casserly, B

Other Journal


Student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious patients in source isolation.
Cassidy, I
National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin

Peer Reviewed Journal


Preceptors' views of assessing nursing students using a competency based approach, Nurse Education in practice,
Cassidy, I. Butler, M. P. Quillinan, B. Egan, G. McNamara, M. C. Tuohy, D. Bradshaw, C. Fahy, A. O' Connor, M. Tierney, C.
Nurse Education In Practice


Nursing students' views of clinical competence assessment in the Mid west region of Ireland
Bradshaw, C. O' Connor, M. Egan, G. Tierney, C. Butler, M. P. Fahy, A. Tuohy, D. Cassidy, I. Quillinan, B. Mc Namara, M.
British Journal Of Nursing


Competency assessment methods tools and processes: A survey of nurse preceptors in Ireland.
Butler, M. P. Cassidy, I. Quillinan, B. Fahy, A. Bradshaw, C. Tuohy, D. O'Connor, M. Mc Namara, M. Egan, G.
Nurse Education In Practice